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Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 8 November 1957 (USA)
After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

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Vince Everett is serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter. While in the big house, his cellmate, a former country singer, introduces him to the record business. Everett takes to it so well that he decides to become a singer when he gets out. However, he is quickly disillusioned by the record business. But with the help of a new friend, he decides to form his own label, and soon becomes an overnight sensation. But when he becomes a superstar, will his desire for fame and money cause him to forget the people who got him there? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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His first big dramatic singing role! See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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8 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le rock du bagne  »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
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In the lawn party scene, just after Vince embraces an unresponsive Peggy, the hired orchestra begins an instrumental number. The tune they're playing is "All I Do Is Dream Of You", from the film Sadie McKee (1934). This same tune, with vocal accompaniment, was featured in a series of television commercials for Bell Canada during the mid-'70s. See more »

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In the nightclub there is no drinking glass when Peggy is in closeup at the bar. The next shot shows Peggy and Vince at the bar and Peggy has a drinking glass. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Van Alden: I think I'm going to just hate you!
Vince Everett: No, you ain't gonna hate me. I ain't gonna let you hate me.
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Referenced in Jailhouse Cock (1993) See more »

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I Want To Be Free
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Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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A wonderful movie that vindicates Elvis' acting career (to a point)
4 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll be fair, I'm a huge fan of Elvis' music. But I have been very harsh on his movies. I've watched "Stay Away Joe" and "Paradise, Hawaiin Style" and hated them both. This movie is miles better then both of those, and is neither silly nor trite.

What it is is a compelling story with developed characters, a plausible storyline, and the right kind of pace.

The musical numbers are all top notch, of course, but the real luster of this gem is in Elvis' acting performance. Elvis was clearly having a good time playing a rebel, and he fit the part perfectly. This movie is much more then just a vehicle to get Elvis' music on screen.

As many others have said, its a shame that Elvis did not get a chance to pursue more roles of this kind.


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